Ten Years Hanging With the Best the Internet Has
How did a whole decade go by so fast? WTH?
A pause to reflect and thank Charles Johnson.
I discovered LGF like a lot of people did then-The CBS Dan Rather scandal. When I first managed to actually register I was pretty reluctant to dive right in. I was not blogging anywhere, LGF looked like my place to start. So I lurked and read and struggled to find a place to start. Many months before my first comment. Ooops. Maybe shoulda taken a little longer, made a dumb mistake and Charles kindly let me back in. At 16 negative karma. Laugh @ myself. At the time the second cookbook was an ongoing project so I told Reine I’d volunteer to help. Before long (2009?) Pages became a feature that opened up the ability to slake that thirst we would get to put some topic up that had not made the main threads.
Somewhere along a little later (2010) we got the ability to upload photographs. As a near life-long photographer that really made my day. In May 2010, I lucked out and was logged in when THE new feature came up, and put up the very first photo blog / Page here. That was a really fun evening. My wife had gotten some nice flower pics while we were out on vacation.
That month the feature helped me at work, as a venue to show off some YouTube videos about the big new product at the time “950 Palladium”. That was a jewelry biz game changer huge for my career. Then I got a new Canon DSLR camera and here I had a wonderful place to show my efforts. And a friendly audience for early video documentary videos like Occupy LA. Also this was a good segemnt. Also fun stuff like this.
My wife met one of us back then in the real world who hired her when things were tight to water her garden of orchids. Long story short we are still great friends and Dragon_Lady fell for orchids so hard she now has 2 greenhouses, works as a volunteer at a premiere collection and is becoming a judge in the American Orchid Society. That happened because LGF is here.
I could go on, friends made, arguments won and lost. Great times and fiercely bittersweet. So much learned from this community! Seems every single thing that comes up we have experienced smart people to add to the discussion. And we help one another. Thank you all.
Dragon_Lady and I are both grateful, and consider Charles the most welcome guest at our home that we will probably never meet in the real world. The internet is always evolving and nobody can see the future. But this place made history. Just ask the fauxtographers and some ex employees of CBS.